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1958: Large Crowd attends Sweetheart Ball

Posted on July 26, 2016 by 40 Mile Commentator

By Fred Mellen

Down Memory Lane #251

These items were taken from the February 20, 1958 issue of the Bow Island Graphic Newspaper.

Conquerville News by Lila Corraini

– Mr. and Mrs. Bill Wutzke held a farewell party at their home in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sadlemyer and children. Three tables of whist were played, comprised of the near neighbors of the honoured couple. Ladies first prize was won by Mrs. Carl Southerton and Men’s first by Walter Jurkat. A delicious lunch was served.

– An executive meeting was held recently at the home of Hugh Egan, president of the now inactive Conquerville Heel and Toe Square Dance Club, relative to disposing of the assets of the club. The record player and records have been sold for $75.00 and all monies will be divided equally between the Home and School Association and the Lions Club for their Community Hall Project.

Etzikom by Mrs. Grace Stromsmoe

– For the first time this winter the Coulee Hill north of town had to be plowed open before the traffic could proceed. These heavy roads were caused by loose snow drifting from the southeast.

– A large crowd attended the Valentine Dance held in the Community Hall here on Friday with the Nattrass Orchestra in attendance. This dance was sponsored by the Home and School Association.

– Several local men attended the Community Auction Sales Meeting held in Orion on Tuesday. B. Gogolinski of Orion was nominated as President to succeed A.W. Stringham who had held the position for ten years. Mr. Stringham due to other heavy demands on his time felt he had to resign. W.R. Courtney was returned as Secretary a position he has held for the past ten years also.


– Despite the inclement weather a very large crowd attended the 3rd Annual Sweetheart Ball in Grassy Lake on Friday evening. Mary Jean Furman of Grassy Lake was chosen Sweetheart Queen for ’58. The four other candidates were Natalka Didyk of Bow Island, Clara Gresl of Conquerville, Betty Swanson of Foremost and Dorothy Snell of Taber.

Bow Island

– The Choir of the Lutheran Church have set up an executive to further their interests and funds. Elected as President was Mrs. Roy Loney; Vice-president E. Bergh; Secretary-Treasurer Mrs. E. Bergh; Organist Mrs. R. Swennumson; Librarians Karen Swennumson, Richard Wutzke and Paul Peterson.

– The new jeweler shop has opened under the management of Carl Neithercut and is situated in the Taylor Bldg. He and Mrs. Neithercut come from Medicine Hat where he was employed at Wright’s Jewellery Store. Previous to that time he was the C.P.R. watch inspector at Red Deer. The Neithercut’s have rented the Noel cottage.

– The Bow Island Lions met for their regular meeting Thursday evening at the Community Hall. At the present time there is a membership of 36. The club is now working on a project pertaining to the numbering of houses in town, and the Town Council has been approached with the suggestion. Discussions have also been held on the improvement of the grounds at the local cemetery.

– The Voters list for the Bow Island Poll, for the March Federal Election has been completed and shows a total of 686 eligible voters.

This has been another stroll Down Memory Lane with Old Fred Mellen

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